As Greg Kot and I gear up for this weekend’s airing of our favorite episode of Sound Opinions all year—the annual Best-Of Recap—here is part three of my look at my Top 30, starting from the bottom and working toward No. 1.
10. Low, The Invisible Way (Sub Pop)
Ten albums in to a consistently solid (if not often truly extraordinary) career as the reigning masters of slo-core, guitarist-vocalist Alan Sparhawk, drummer-vocalist Mimi Parker, and bassist Steve Garrington, working with producer Jeff Tweedy at Wilco’s North Side loft, studio, and clubhouse, produced a typically dynamic, melodic, emotional, and gripping effort that stands as their finest ever, thanks to the strength of the songwriting. Or maybe it just arrived at a time when I needed it more than ever before.